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Walker Spotlight


Welcome to the Walker Spotlight!  Each month this page will highlight incredible walkers and fundraisers from across Canada. 

This month, learn more about why these walkers are making CF history!

Check out their stories below. To be featured in an upcoming Walker Spotlight, please email us at walk@cysticfibrosis.ca

brandi pacholik

Walking in Edmonton 

My favorite type of fundraising is the DIY's. Our team holds a bottle drive in the spring. In one day we can raise upwards of $250. A lot of people are hesitant to give cash but everyone is usually willing to give at least one bag of bottles. The best way to start is to ask family & friends, you can even get them to start saving them for you. This is a great way to involve kids, we are starting early this year and I can't wait to see how much we can raise!

 

 

 

 

cristina kinsella

Walking in Hamilton

My husband and I were shocked when we were given the news about Quinn when he was 4 weeks old. It was devastating news to hear and right away we knew we wanted to make a difference to help him have a better life. We had been in several wedding parties and because of that, felt confident that the best fundraiser we could organize an event in a stag and doe format. However, this time, to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. Currently living in Waterdown as a family and both being raised in the town, it made sense that our event take place here. Each January we rent a hall in Millgrove and immediately start contacting potential sponsors and supporters that we can think of to help us get the event ready. We   hit up local businesses in town to help with prizes and sponsorship and promote through our family and friends. We have an amazing support system and feel truly blessed that we have everyone on board making this night such a success. We are going into our 6th year, and it runs like a well-oiled machine now. Our connection with AMV Events provides us with music and photobooth for the night and the Flamborough Kin Club helps with the hall rental. Our prizes continue to improve each year helping to increase attendance and exposure. Our first year we raised just under $7000 and since then the number has grown bigger and bigger. Its our thing and we couldn’t think of any other way to do it.

 

cassidy evans

Walking in Saskatoon

Hello, my name is Cassidy Evans and I'm the CEO of Cassidy's Lemonade Stand.  I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 2012 at the age of 4.  The following year, when I turned 5 I asked my mom if I could have a Lemonade Stand to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.  Over the past 6 years, the lemonade stand has grown a lot and now I own a Lemonade Truck that my family takes to different events.  I love selling lemonade and meeting so many new people.  Besides lemonade, we also sell candy, chips, necklaces, keychains and lemon squishies.  Every year we register online at Cystic Fibrosis Canada and create a virtual walk page and that is where my lemonade profits go.  Some family and friends that live far away, even donate online to buy 'virtual' lemonade.  It makes me feel really happy knowing that I get to be a part of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.  To date, we have raised approximately $50,000 from selling lemonade! You can follow Cassidy's Lemonade Stand on Facebook & Instagram or on the website cassidyslemonadestand.com  - Cassidy Evans, CEO Cassidy's Lemonade Stand, Age 10

 

elene dolan

Walking in Edmonton

I fundraise in support of my amazing nephew, Seamus, who was diagnosed with CF shortly after birth. Thanks to generous supporters, our “Steps For Seamus” team has raised over $50,000 for CF Canada through social media challenges, board game competitions, poker tournaments and “Survivor” style prize draws. Our upcoming “Cocktails For A Cure” event is raising funds through raffles, 50/50 draws and a silent auction with locally donated items and services. We’re able to provide live music by showcasing local musicians who are willing to donate their talent and time for this worthy cause -making CF stand for Cure Found!

 
Martin Faucher

Walking in Quebec City

I have participated in the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History for approximately 14 years, since I met the love of my life, Audrey Lelièvre.  After a few months of dating, Audrey told me that she had to talk to me about her health, she has cystic fibrosis.  That did not stop us from getting married, having a beautiful son and going on many adventures together. Sadly, my wife lost her battle with CF in May 2018, but that does not stop me from fighting against this horrible disease. I continue to fundraise to honour her memory and bring us closer to finding a cure.

I typically start my fundraising by sending emails to my family, friends and colleagues and ask them to share with their networks. I have currently raised close to $40,000 alone and close to $60,000 with my team ‘En mémoire d’Audrey Lelièvre’ which was previously called Dédé LE Team. It’s truly the result of making small asks that add up to big results!